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Smells and Bells, Halls and Hells: 'The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London'
The mud, rain, smoke, fog, and excrement that abounded meant whatever one's rank, the weather and the smells took their toll on one's health, one's clothing, and one's nerves. [22.Jul.14]
'Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!' Is a Hard-Charging History of Rock 'n' Roll
By Mikael Wood
Bob Stanley sets out to map the deliriously vast landscape of pop in this finely detailed new book. [22.Jul.14]
'Rebel Music' and Islam's Influence on Jazz, Hip-hop and More
Exhaustive and thorough, Hisham D. Aidi's study on the Islamic influences in contemporary music is alternately informative and alienating. [21.Jul.14]
'Cornbread Nation 7: The Best of Southern Food Writing' Is American Regionalism at Its Finest
By Shyam K. Sriram
A splendid collection of tales of Southerners traveling abroad and children of immigrants living in the South and reflecting on their heritage. [21.Jul.14]
Is Tarzan Forever Lost in the Jungle?
There are no futuristic weapons or strange beasts in Tarzan: In the City of Gold. With Tarzan, it's just the specter of colonialism and dated views on race. [18.Jul.14]
Reviews
The mud, rain, smoke, fog, and excrement that abounded meant whatever one's rank, the weather and the smells took their toll on one's health, one's clothing, and one's nerves. [22.Jul.14]
Exhaustive and thorough, Hisham D. Aidi's study on the Islamic influences in contemporary music is alternately informative and alienating. [20.Jul.14]
There are no futuristic weapons or strange beasts in Tarzan: In the City of Gold. With Tarzan, it's just the specter of colonialism and dated views on race. [17.Jul.14]
David Bromwich's Moral Imagination Is an exploration of the relationship between the America national consciousness and political discourse. [17.Jul.14]
What makes this novel interesting is that it is peppered with a cast of characters who are still living in the past, or are afraid of the future. [16.Jul.14]
Laura Kasischke's tenth novel is a dark fairytale about the sacrifices of motherhood and of secrets so deep, we learn to keep them even from ourselves. [15.Jul.14]
Tiphanie Yanique's debut novel is both a family saga and an unusual love story. It seems likely to become a classic of Caribbean American literature. [13.Jul.14]
Should you indulge, I encourage you to pour your favorite tipple, settle into a comfortable chair, open the pages of Proof, and enjoy the "bar moment". [10.Jul.14]
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Features
By Nelson George
Soul Train boldly went where no show had gone before, showcasing young African Americans and the fashions and music that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel. [17.Jul.14]
Sexual rights in America remain both provisional and cynical; we know everyone should have them, but we are beholden to cowardly, outmoded, theocratic institutions that are fearful of egalitarianism. [13.Jul.14]
Columns
Out of Pocket
Young Adult literature is not just for kids, and it fills an important niche left vacant by much of contemporary "adult" fiction. [07.Jul.14]
From The Blogs
By Shyam K. Sriram
A splendid collection of tales of Southerners traveling abroad and children of immigrants living in the South and reflecting on their heritage. [20.Jul.14]
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